VILLAGE DIARY MAY 2
Parish Council Meeting
followed by Planning Committee
Hall Car Park
Council Statutory Annual Meeting
History Society Wine &
Buffet (Members Only)
10.30am - 4pm
Wateringbury Village Fete
Noon - 5pm 11
Hall Car Park
June 4 -
WATERINGBURY VILLAGE FETE at Playing FieldsNoon to 5pm Lots of Fun for EveryoneGrand Raffle with
great prizes Don’t forget to keep your fete programme which
is with May’s Rostrum – take it along to the fete and enter the £25 cash draw
Wateringbury Junior Football Club enjoy our 20th year this Summer and part of
the celebration is to hold a football
This event is to be held at the playing fields on Saturday
13 May. As well as the efforts and skills on the pitch there will be
refreshments and side stalls for your entertainment. The day will be split
into two sections; the under 10s and under 11s in the morning tournaments,
starting at 9:45am and the under 9s and under 12s competing in the afternoon,
starting at 2:15pm. A massive 72 matches are scheduled throughout
the day. We have some amazing young
talent in the village, so please come along and support the boys and
girls. Up the Bury!
VILLAGE PEOPLE Please let us have your news
and tributes by 17 May for our June magazine.
Entries are free
Congratulations to Lucy Edmonds and Dipak Patel who are to be married in
Notting Hill on Friday 26 May
John Edward Fisher
John was born in Dover and evacuated to
Wateringbury with his family including his brother and two sisters in 1940.
John went to Wateringbury school followed by the
boys technical school in Maidstone, an apprenticeship in engineering followed
that led to National Service in the RAF based in Australia.
Unfortunately during this period an incident
occurred resulting in life threatening injuries requiring long periods of
rehabilitation. Throughout this time John was engaged to Val and married in
1962 setting up home in Glebe Meadow and remaining in the same house. John returned
to engineering commencing work in Maidstone before working for Mr & Mrs
Cayzer at the village garage, where he remained until health issues forced an
early retirement. John continued to
enjoy his garden and would often be seen walking with his rough collie around
the village until loss of sight. In his
final years as his health failed he was cared for devotedly by his wife Val.
It was announced that Dennis Stones had resigned from the Council. The Chairman (Richard Tripp) asked the Clerk
to write to Dennis and formally thank him for his years of service to the
community. The vacancy caused by this
resignation will hopefully be filled at the May meeting.
Richard Tripp thanked the Rostrum editors
for their help in publicising vacancies on the Council. Five people had enquired about serving on the
Council. There followed an election for
a casual vacancy; there were 3 applicants and after a secret ballot it was
declared that Frances Fielding had
been the successful candidate. (Frances
has lived in Phoenix Cottages since 2002).
The two unsuccessful candidates can put their names forward to fill the
remaining vacancy if they wish).
Councillor Matthew Balfour reported
that under the Local Transport Plan 4 the problems of traffic congestion at
Wateringbury traffic lights had been included ‘as a desire’. This meant that if money became available
some work may be done. It was the first
step in a long process.
A member of the public questioned
Matthew about the changes to the Arriva
bus timetables. Matthew agreed that
the changes to the No 6 bus route through the village would cause great
inconvenience to many people. KCC had no
control over the bus company who had not responded to the many concerns
raised. Another member of the public
said she understood that our MP Tom Tugenhat had received a large number of
letters from constituents on the timetable changes throughout the area. He too had met with Arriva. It would appear that Arriva had chosen to
ignore all requests to reconsider its timetable changes which had recently come
In the elections on 4 May Matthew
Balfour is standing for re-election. The
Chairman thanked him for his regular attendance at Parish Council meetings over
the past 4 years.
Councillor Simon Jessel reported
that the severe year-on-year withdrawal of grant monies from the National
Government was causing grave concerns to Tonbridge & Malling Borough
Council who are looking to sell assets to provide essential services. They were even considering selling the
council offices at Kings Hill and leasing them back.
JanuaryCrime report – there were 2 reported
crimes – both burglaries.
Standing Orders Councillors unanimously
agreed to adopt updated procedures on Casual Vacancies.
Village Car Park Councillor David
Marks reported on meetings he had instigated regarding the problems at the car
park. After discussion it was agreed
that the clerk request copies of deeds and covenants held by Tonbridge &
Malling Borough Council (owners of the car park) which related to the land and
its operation. It was hoped that the
parish council could gain some influence on its operation.
Audit of Parish Accounts It was agreed that the Clerk ask Colin Hanley if
he would carry out the audit.
Road Allotments – there was one vacant allotment.
- the unwanted spoil had been
cleared. The use of the car park for
antisocial activities was a cause for concern.
Although the hedge had been lowered it still hid the car park from
view. It was agreed to write to the
landowner requesting permission to remove the hedge and replace it with a
Among the items raised were:Village Fete on 4
June plans were progressing well but more
volunteers were needed to ensure success.
There were 32 stalls booked but 3 or 4 more could be accommodated.
Trees at Village
Hall - concerns
were expressed about the height and condition of the trees. The clerk was asked to seek advice from a
Condition of A26
outside Post Office
- work to install broadband cables had left the road in a poor state and
despite requests the contractors had not made good the surface.
Blue Plaques - plans were progressing
well for the erection of 7 blue plaques on properties in the village.
Planning - Councillors
considered 2 planning applications:
TM/17/00358/FL two storey side extension and single storey
rear extension at 136 Bow Road. Councillors had no objection to the plans but
were concerned that the property was in a Zone 1 flood area.
TM/17/00611/LB Listed Building Application to install a gas
flue system going through the outer garden wall at Glenside, 288 Old Road. Concern was raised over the close proximity to
the adjacent property that gas fumes would rise up to the bedrooms of 292 Old
Meetings In May there are 2
meetings, the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
2 May at 7.30pm and the Statutory
Annual Meeting on 9 May to receive
the Chairman’s Annual Report and the Annual report from the village
The April walk took us to the edge of the
Golf course at Flite Woods via Old Road and the Wisteria Cottage to Catering
Woods, just a reconnoitre for next month’s Bluebell walk. On the day, the woodland floor had a covering
of Wood Anemone, Lesser Celandine and some Stitchwort, some bluebells were
beginning to open.
Next Walk: 7 May meet Village Hall 2:30pm for our
annual woodland Bluebell walk - hopefully a good show awaits us.
will be on the 11th (a week
later than usual due to the village fete).
Again, meet Village Hall at 2:30pm for a walk to Livesey Street and the
river, (depending on conditions underfoot).
Reynolds 01622 813763
FASHION SHOW & SALE 7pm Friday 12 May 2017St James the Great Church, East
Malling Enjoy an evening of
fashion and fun hosted by Travelling Trends
See, try and buy this
season's fashions at greatly reduced prices
Tickets £10 from Shirley
Gurteen 01732 521831
All the money raised
will help us to build the Apple Tree Room
TESTON & WATERINGBURY PRESCHOOL
continue this term with our theme ‘people who help us’ and look forward to
welcoming one of our mums, Claire, who is a veterinary nurse who will be
talking to the children about how to care for their pets.
have Mark and Jerry from our amazing animals paying us another visit to talk
about how they run their rescue centre and bringing along some of their collection
of animals including corn snakes, a skinny pig, a chinchilla, rabbits, a rat, a
gecko, a bearded dragon and my favourite a loveable chameleon called Gonzo.
children will also have their own Preschool pets to look after this term as we again
welcome 5 hungry caterpillars who will, under the watchful eye of the children,
grow into colourful butterflies come early summer when we will release them
into our garden.
again collecting Sainsbury's vouchers this year and would welcome any of your
unused vouchers, just drop them in to the preschool. Our children benefit
greatly by the sports equipment that we receive through this scheme.
are interested in joining our preschool please contact Tina Driveron 07805 796353
and come along for a taster session.
WATERINGBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
term heralds the arrival of national examinations. Our Year 1 pupils will be
taking the phonics screening test, our Year 2 pupils will be taking maths,
reading and writing assessments and our Year 6 pupils will be sitting their end
of key stage 2 SATs. The results of these examinations will be scrutinised by
our teaching staff, the local authority, Ofsted and the DfE. What is most
important to remember, however, is that any test is simply one measure of a
child’s educational and personal development. The full picture is much more
complex, rich and interesting which is why we have the highest expectations of
our children but refuse to narrow their primary school experience by teaching
to the tests.
annual Spring Concert was a huge success at the close of last term with more
than 40 children performing confidently with a solo instrument, in ensembles or
as part of the school orchestra. Music at Wateringbury continues to grow,
enriching the school and our pupils’ lives.
marked St George’s Day with our annual flagpole assembly which coincided with
the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and a chance to honour her long life and
service to the country.
Our annual open air service with St John’s to mark
Rogation Sunday will take place on the school field on 21st May at 10:00,
followed by games and a picnic. Term 5 ends on 26th May.
Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher
Freestyle dance classes for children aged between 5-11 years.
An opportunity for your children to learn Freestyle dance
whilst having fun.
Classes will be held at Wateringbury Village Hall after school on Tuesdays,
Chrissie - email@example.com
Gardens Open Day alongside Yalding BeekeepersSunday
14 May 10:30 to 16:00
A fantastic opportunity to enjoy these much loved private gardens in
spring. Throughout the day, there will
be live music playing - so why not have a lazy Sunday and relax in the
tranquillity of the gardens with a mid-late morning refreshment and a piece of
homemade cake in the beekeepers refreshment tent, or stay on for a hog roast
lunch with a cold beverage from The Gardens staffed bar.
Visit the beekeepers apary in the paddock, see live bees behind glass in
an observation hive, make your own solitary bee house, or find out more about
beekeeping. Or just browse some beekeeping equipment, craft, plant and country
The Beekeepers Auction is back this year and info for buyers or sellers
can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fee of £5 per person, children under 16 are free. Free
parking. Sorry no dogs (except guide dogs). Disabled access friendly. The Gardens,
Benover Road, Yalding ME18 6EX
DIG THIS - RENT
And grow your own produce
There is a vacant allotment in Old Road Contact the Parish Clerk on 01622 817068
WATERINGBURY FOOTBALL CLUB 20th ANNIVERSARYFOOTBALL FESTIVALSaturday
13 May 2017Wateringbury
Playing Fields, Fields Lane, ME18 5NQ Morning Session:
9.45am-12.45pm - under 10s and under 11s
Session: 2.15pm-5.15pm - under 9s and under 12s
* Great Football *
Refreshments * Side shows * Come down and
show your support for our local club
are very grateful to the following for their support of the eventJohn
Childs Associates, The Moody Mare, John Evans General Builder, Tapestry, The
Youth Worker Co, Beautiful Beauty Therapist
NEW PET SHOP OPENED RECENTLY IN
WATERINGBURY.....PETS LOVE US
Medway Wharf Marina ME18 5ED
* Free Parking * Disabled
Free Advice *
Tel: 0333 666 6364
Cockney Evening at East Malling InstituteSaturday 13 May, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
including a Cockney Supper (Steak & Ale Pie and Mash, and Apple
Tickets at £12 each are available from Fr Derek (01732 874420 or
email@example.com). He will happily deliver
them to you. Brush up you Cockney Rhyming slang in advance so that
you understand the language during the evening!! Fr Derek is helping with a
project to raise £180,000 for the Campsite at Comp Wood.
WAR NEWS, MAY 1917
4: first U.S. destroyers arrive in Queenstown, Ireland
6: end of Battle of Arras on Western front
24: first Atlantic convoy, following very heavy merchant ship losses
25: first massive German air raid by 23 Gothas on Folkestone with
Henry Hodge died on 2nd May when his ship was sunk in the English
Channel. Arthur was the village’s 6th
naval fatality of the war. His photo is
from his obituary in the Kent Messenger.
Arthur lived with his wife near the North Pole, and worked for The
Phoenix Brewery as a drayman (a deliveryman using a
low, flat-bed wagon without sides, pulled by horses).
May 1915 he was included on a list in the parish magazine of men who had been
rejected for military service as medically unfit. The list was probably published to deter the
giving out of white feathers in the village.
However, in December 1915 he enlisted, before conscription was
introduced, in the navy. His enlistment record shows him as 5ft. 81/4 inches tall with a 39
inch chest, light brown hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion. He joined HMS.
Derwent, in February 1917, as a stoker 1st class. HMS Derwent was an elderly (launched 1903)
550 ton destroyer, with a complement of 70 officers and men. Part of the1st destroyer flotilla, its duty was to escort convoys
across the channel. It hit a contact
mine laid by a German submarine, UC 26, off Le Havre sinking with the loss of
58 officers and men. Arthur was 36 years
of age and, as he came originally from Teston, he is on both village war
memorials. Two days after HMS Derwent
sank, the first US destroyers and crews arrived in Ireland. Placed under British command, they enabled
the convoy system for merchant ships with naval protection to be extended to
Atlantic crossings, reducing the critical losses of merchant ships. Six days later the UC 26 was rammed and sunk
off Calais by a British destroyer.
the home front, the village seems to have been quiet in May and the parish
magazine was largely devoted to ecclesiastical matters. The problems discussed make a strange
contrast to the slaughter continuing on all war fronts.
was concern that the Churchwardens’ accounts for the year ended 31st
March showed that the Churchwardens were personally owed over £30: a special
appeal was to be held. Nevertheless, it
had been agreed that the vestry clerk’s salary was to be increased by nearly a
third and the collection on Whitsunday would go to the assistant curate as a
war bonus. The Church organ needed to be
overhauled: “the principal coupler refuses to act; some of the stops require
two hands and much strength to pull them out; and many notes have a habit of cyphering*.
Terry Bird https://www.sites.google.com/site/wateringburylocalhistory/
* An organ cypher is the
continuous sounding of an organ pipe when the key is not depressed.
COFFEE, CRAFT AND CHAT This month we will meet on Wednesdays 3, 17 and 31 May between 10.30am - 12.30pm in the church.
Join us for tea/coffee, homemade cake, conversation and optional
knitting, crocheting, etc. For more
details call 814673.
Bob Ogley made his 8th visit to speak at the Society on
Wednesday, and true to form his talk “The Great Storm and how it changed my
life” was superb. We had
of course all heard the story of the hurricane, which according to Michael
Fish, was not a hurricane, just a storm, but Bob brought it all back to life
with his charming relaxed delivery, with many anecdotes and stories and how it
did indeed change his life. After the
success of his book, which was in the best sellers list for many weeks, he was
besieged by Counties around the country, asking him to produce similar books
about their experiences. He also visited
Jamaica to see the results of “Gilbert” which really was a hurricane!
will be no meeting at the hall in May – it is the Society’s Wine and Buffet meeting – slight
change of date – 24th May,
(not 17th as
shown in the programme). and is open to members only.
our AGM on 21st June.
speaker has had to cancel, due to unforeseen circumstances, but a new speaker
is being sought and we will notify members next month.
MUSIC ON THE ROYAL BRITISH
LEGION VILLAGE (Charity No. 210063)
SUMMER CONCERT SAT 20TH MAY 2017
- 2:30PM All welcome to RBLI’s free Summer Concert, held in the beautiful Garden
of Honour in RBLI, Hall Road, Aylesford ME20 7NL. The Kent Police Band will proudly present
RBLI’s free Summer Concert. The 25 piece
band will play show tunes, popular marches and classical music. Refreshments will be provided by onsite Café
Base Camp, and there will be parking and toilet facilities within walking
27 May 2017 10.00am
– 4.00pmat the
Church of St John the Baptist, Wateringbury * * * * a great choice of plants for all types of gardens * * * *
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14-20 May 2017 Helping refugees since
1945: Your support is more vital now than ever.
Please look out for the little red envelopes coming through your door
for the annual house-to-house collection in the village and be as generous as
you can. All the door-to-door collectors live in Wateringbury and give
their time freely for this important charity. Christian Aid helps the poorest
peoples of the world, regardless of creed or culture, to work to improve their
lives. Christian Aid Week was started 60 years ago to support refugees in
Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, and Christian Aid continues
today to be a rock for those in need and far from home.
If you would like to help with this year's collection please phone Becky
on 01622 813396."
OPEN GARDEN for CHRISTIAN AID at BISHOPSCOURT
Saturday 13 May, 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Come and Support Christian Aid by visiting the garden at Bishopscourt
Teas, Wonderful Homemade Cakes and a Plant Sale
Entry £2.00. Dogs welcome on a lead, disabled access
to most of the garden
Bishopscourt, 24 St Margaret’s Street, Rochester, ME1
SIMPLY SOUP LUNCHES
you to everyone who supported our Simply Soup lunches during Lent. A total of £345 was raised for the following
charities: Send-a-Cow £65, Heart of Kent Hospice £68, Christian Aid £74, Embrace
the Middle East £58 and MS Society £80.
The charities were chosen by the 5 catering teams who made and
served a variety of delicious soups and cakes.
PONDERINGS Rev Nick
firstname.lastname@example.org The Vicarage, 2 The Grange East Malling
email@example.com 01732 843282
Sisters in Christ.
Alleluia, Christ is risen. This short sentence, used for the
first time this year when a rather bleary eyed group of people from all three
congregations gathered for the first communion of Easter at Dawn on Easter
morning outside the church at East Malling. For Christians it heralds new hope
reminding us of the certainty that Jesus Christ has triumphed over death and
evil and risen from the grave. Or it seems it only means that for some people.
I say that because as was reported by our newspapers and extensively by the BBC
half of the 2,010 people surveyed on behalf of the BBC did not believe in the
resurrection. Ok you may say that is only to be expected we are after all
becoming a more secular society. We then discover that only 37% of Christians
believe in the resurrection, which is a slightly different story (you can find
the survey at
Clearly something is
wrong when 63% of those who describe themselves as Christians don’t subscribe
to the major cornerstone of the faith. The question we need to ask ourselves is
why might this be and why should anyone else choose to believe what we say we
believe when 63% don’t believe it themselves. It's a problem and on the face of
things it is disheartening, but it's no bigger a problem and no less
disheartening than the situation faced by the disciples following the
With the help of the
risen Christ they took heart, their faith in the promises of Jesus was itself
resurrected and they were inspired to take their faith out into the world
around them, a faith that continues to this very day and daily through acts of
faith, compassion and friendship helps millions to know the love of Jesus
Christ and his Church for all people.
These statistics are
disappointing, but they shouldn’t be disheartening, they tell us we need to
make our Church more relevant to the people around us, we need to help people
inside as well as outside the Church to regain the belief in what Jesus Christ
did for each and every one of us, Christians should see those statistics as a
challenge not a death sentence, and answering that challenge is the continuing
task of all our Churches as people born again into the hope and joy of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.
Rev Nick Williams
13 MAY 7 FOR 7.30pm
A group of dedicated singers, singing a cappella
and making most
enjoyable and relaxing music
Tickets from Post Office or Handy Stores £7.50
accompanied children free
WITH FAITH - SATURDAY 15TH APRIL
Although it was overcast, the weather
stayed dry for our Easter Saturday. This meant, the children were able to do
one of their favourite activities; egg rolling down the church path and had a
good run around finding the clues to a quiz. The morning started with Rev Nick
telling the start of the Easter story before the children went into their
groups. As usual, the children were so well behaved and a calm of concentration
flowed throughout. Two hours passed quickly and was enjoyed by children and
helpers alike. After the final re-enactment from Rev Nick we held our prize
giving of chocolate and lots of it! Size certainly didn’t matter in the egg
rolling this year. Three of our younger children won the top three prizes:
18.1m, 15.3m and 15.2m so well done Chloe, Iona & Joshua respectively. More
prizes for wonderful colouring and acts of kindness and consideration to others
were given and of which there were many. Each child was sent home laden with
goodies; Easter garden, stained glass window, decorated cakes and biscuits, a
sticker scene of the Last Supper and design of colourful patterns on a wooden
cross already made as a wind-chime. A banner showing the story of the holy week
was coloured in and is hanging up on one of the church walls. Our standalone
cross had sad messages written on shapes of nails but then decorated with a
long paper chain and flowers of glorious colour added. This was carried into
the church as part of the service on Easter Sunday and it looks wonderful. For
this event to happen, I need a band of helpers and every year they do not fail
me! Not only turning up to help but they make the experience for each child
such a happy one. Thank you to these amazing people and this year. I had 39
helpers! I must mention special thanks to Claire who, as usual, did a fantastic
display on the cross. Also, Jan, Angela and Cathy for the continuous supply of
refreshments of drinks and biscuits to the children and cuppas with delicious
hot cross buns to the helpers! Lastly, I would like to thank Wateringbury
School. Each year you allow us to use your tables and any stationery items, so
thank you Mrs Crawford-Usher and Rob Brydon-Brown. I’m looking forward to
seeing the children again on Saturday 31st March 2018.
7 MAY 8.30am Holy Communion - East Malling 9.45am Family Service – East Malling
Service – Teston
Communion – Wateringbury
14 MAY 9.45am Holy Communion –
9.45am Children's Church - Teston
Matins - Wateringbury 6.30pm – Evensong - Teston
21 MAY 8.30am PB Communion - Wateringbury 9.45am
Eucharist - East Malling
9.45am Children's Church - Teston
10am Family Service for Rogation at Wateringbury
School** 6.30pm Holy
Communion - Teston
28 MAY 8.30am Communion – East Malling
9.45am Morning Praise – East Malling 9.45am Children's Church - Teston
Holy Communion – Wateringbury 6.30pm
Eucharist - Teston
- 9am in East Malling Church – Holy Communion
Pilsdon Community, 27 Water Lane, West Malling - Rev
Viv Ashworth invites you to the Barn Chapel to join members of the community
for a Eucharist Service every Wednesday at noon and 6pm on Sundays
For baptisms, weddings, funerals and other
arrangements please contact
Vicar Rev Nick Williams on 01732 843282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the
Administrator on 01622 815218 or
SPECIAL SERVICES AND EVENTS
**On Sunday 21 May
we will be holding our Rogation Service,
by kind invitation, on the field at Wateringbury CofE Primary School (or
in the school hall in the case of rain).
This will be a family-friendly service at the usual time of 10am, and
everyone is welcome. If you don't know
what the ancient festival of Rogation is, come along to find out more! Please bring folding chairs/picnic blankets
for your own comfort!"
IN OUR JOYS AND SORROWS - FROM THE PARISH
- we welcomed into the family of the Church: Sophia Catherine Meheux on 19 March 2017.
Holy Matrimony - our congratulations to Tommy
Tutt and Sophie Braybrooke who
were married on 7 April 2017.
- we extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and loved ones of Ellen Eileen Lancaster (21 March) and Stanley David Lawrence (27 March).